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Howzit, my China

Howzit, my China

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON reports on important first steps taken by Beijing Foton Daimler, comments on an interesting Toyota move into Europe, previews Ford’s imminent re-entry into the local van and minibus market, and notes some important Chinese moves into the Australian commercial vehicle market.

 
Navistar rumblings …

Navistar rumblings …

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON reports on extensive media speculation regarding the future of Navistar International, details an increased Volvo shareholding in engine manufacturer Deutz, and looks at some interesting exhibits that appeared at the Melbourne Truck Show.

 
Long-distance gas-fuelled trucking

Long-distance gas-fuelled trucking

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON discusses Volvo’s gas-engine developments, reveals the second piece in the Mercedes-Benz heavy truck jigsaw puzzle, outlines some interesting Nissan developments in Spain and comments on new MCV transmission options.

 
Australia’s latest Freightliner Argosy points to the future for the South African version.

To be or not to be; that is the Argosy

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON looks at important differences between the local and Australian versions of the latest Freightliner Argosy (to give local operators an idea of what might follow once the fuel availability issue has been addressed), discusses MAN’s hydraulic hybrid idea, looks at Daimler’s return to the Indian market, and laments on a “poor” year for commercial sales in China

   
“Detroit” is the brand name of a new family of integrated driveline components, including engines, gearboxes and axles, from Daimler Trucks North America.

Detroit stretches out.

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON examines an important strategic direction change at Detroit Diesel, notes the power options for Ford’s American Transit, describes a new International truck with an “old” name, and previews Mercedes’ new joint venture van

 
Tata tarts up

Tata tarts up

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON reveals the first details of the new Ultra range of Tata products, takes a look at Ford’s latest Transit van family, reports that Daimler’s Chinese joint venture with Beiqi Foton is a go, tracks Mack’s re-introduction of its own engines into Australia, and shares some facts about Brazil’s truck market

 
American truck sales surge in 2011

American truck sales surge in 2011

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON looks at the US – its growing strength in the truck market, its van scene, and trends in vehicle preferences – then briefly examines Tata’s new Indian “heavy”, and takes a glance at the Hino 300 Series MCV that will be coming our way this year.

   
Volkswagen’s trucking empire comes together

Volkswagen’s trucking empire comes together

In his monthly review of global news for South Africa’s truckers, FRANK BEETON updates us on Volkswagen’s emerging empire strategy (venturing some comments of his own), examines Scania’s global engine platform and reports on a new transmission direction from Allison.

 
Volvo restructures

Volvo restructures

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON ponders over the Volvo Group’s new structure, updates the international van scene, and reports on Iveco’s unconventional approach to achieving even lower emission levels for its diesel engines.

 
Volvo has regained the ‘World’s Most Powerful Truck’ title with its 551 kW FH16 750 model.

Volvo back on top (for now…)

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON takes the “world’s most powerful truck” story to its next level, examines more interesting developments in the global van industry, and reports on a further rolling out of Volvo’s global engine strategy.

   
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